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November 20, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA
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UNIVERSITY OF IOWA

Officials with the University of Iowa are getting a plan in place to handle an early snowstorm headed for Iowa City. The storm could drop as much as 10 inches of snow on the field just before kickoff against Purdue Saturday, according to the latest estimates from the National Weather Service.  Officials with the UI athletic department said clearing the playfield of snow is the top priority for snow removal before the game. Crews plan to use a plow to move snow to the corner of the field, then will transport it out of a stadium tunnel where it will be dumped outside of Kinnick Stadium, according to an email response from UI athletics officials. – Mark Carlson, KCRG-TV9- Read More

VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY
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VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY

Villanova University is seeking an Assistant Director of Athletics Development. The Assistant Director of Athletics Development reports directly to the Executive Director, Athletics Development. Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Assistant Director is responsible for providing day-to-day support of the athletics development operation. This includes taking a lead role in managing, planning, and execution of events as well as athletics annual giving by working closely with the Senior Director of Special Events and the Director of Annual Giving. Additionally, the Assistant Director will serve as the liaison to several sports to identify, cultivate and successfully solicit major gift prospects and drive targeted annual giving initiatives for specific sports. Apply here

NCAA
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NCAA

The NCAA will recognize six former student-athletes with the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award for their collegiate and professional achievements. The Silver Anniversary Award annually recognizes distinguished individuals on the 25th anniversary of the conclusion of their college athletics careers. Representatives of NCAA member schools and conferences, along with a panel of former student-athletes, select each year’s recipients. Read More

YALE UNIVERSITY
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YALE UNIVERSITY

Yale University is seeking an External Operations Assistant Athletic Director. The External Operations Assistant Athletic Director will direct the annual fundraising efforts for five sports association including all solicitations, board meetings and special events and direct the goal setting process for these five sports. Furthermore, the position will direct and supervise the Yale Athletics Community Outreach Program. All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. Apply here

November 19, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
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UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON

The University of Houston Board of Regents on Thursday approved a deal that increases football coach Tom Herman’s annual salary to $3 million. The deal on the table for Herman, who in his first season has led UH to only the second 10-0 start in school history and No. 13 ranking, would make him the highest paid football coach in the American Athletic Conference and from a non-Power 5 school.
Herman’s raise will make him the 32nd-highest paid coach in the country, just behind Texas Tech’s Kliff Kingsbury, who makes $3.1 million, according to USA Today’s college football salaries database. Herman is making $1.35 million this season. – Joseph Duarte, chron.comRead More

CARTHAGE COLLEGE
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CARTHAGE COLLEGE

The College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin announced Wednesday that seven members of the Carthage College Red Men football team have received 2015 all-conference honors.  The Red Men turned a corner during the 2015 season finishing 5-5 in the overall season and tied for third at 4-3 in the CCIW. The third place finish for Carthage is the Red Men’s best finish in the CCIW since 2009 when they also tied for third at 4-3. The .500-season is the first under head coach Mike Yeager, as well as the first since the 2011 season. The seven honorees for the Red Men is the most since the 2010 season when Carthage tabbed a combined ten student-athletes on the first and second team. Read More

NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
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NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY

This weekend, the Raleigh Christmas Parade and the NC State Football game will mark the first big-attendance events since the Paris terrorist attacks.  The NC State Athletic Department is changing procedures this weekend with fans, encouraged to arrive early and leave their bags at home or in their cars. “Enhanced security measures will be in place for NC State’s final two home games of the 2015 football season, following recent events. While the Department of Homeland Security advises that there are currently no known threats against collegiate stadiums, the university is taking additional precautions at Carter-Finley Stadium for the safety of all fans, staff and student-athletes…” -Jon Camp, abc11.com
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WORCESTER STATE UNIVERSITY
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WORCESTER STATE UNIVERSITY

The Worcester State University Athletic Department is happy to announce the remaining Lancer Selects broadcasts of the 2015 year. The Lancer Selects program broadcasts specific Lancers home athletic contests (Lancer Selects) via webcast with a higher quality camera and audio system.  “We are pleased to announce our remaining Lancer Selects dates for 2015,” said Director of Athletics, Michael Mudd. “We have received a great response from all of our Lancer Athletics supporters and are happy to provide the opportunity for them to see the Lancers in action with a high quality webcast.” The Lancer Selects program for the winter season will begin on Tuesday, December 1 with a live broadcast of the men’s basketball game against UMass-Dartmouth (8:30 p.m. start time at Assumption College). Read More

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

Bye weeks don’t normally feature a media availability from Charlie Strong, but the Texas Longhorns head coach made a Wednesday appearance and addressed continued reports about his interest in the open Miami Hurricanes job.  The latest emerged from the Palm Beach Post on Thursday and indicated that Miami has Strong as the school’s leading candidate and that the administration believes he “wants out” of Austin. Admitting that he’s frustrated about his name being mentioned in connection with Miami, Strong seemed confused about why the rumors haven’t stopped even though he laughed off the situation weeks ago. “It’s all a rumor,” he said. – Wescott Eberts, SB Nation– Read More

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA MONROE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA MONROE

As ULM finalizes plans to begin the search for former football coach Todd Berry’s replacement, more changes could be on the horizon inside the athletic department. ULM athletic director Brian Wickstrom emerged as a finalist for the same job at Tulane Wednesday, just 24 hours after the hiring of Millsaps College AD Josh Brooks as a special assistant to university President Nick Bruno. Speaking exclusively to The News-Star, Bruno denied speculation Brooks was hired specifically to be ULM’s next athletic director and he would take a “wait-and-see” approach to the job if Wickstrom becomes AD at Tulane. “Brian is the AD right now and he will be until he’s not,” Bruno said. “I’m happy for Brian if that’s what he wants to do; we know he’s been shopping for quite a while. He and I have not had a discussion on it, but he notified me yesterday he’d been selected for an interview.” -Adam Hunsucker, The News StarRead More

SETON HALL UNIVERSITY
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SETON HALL UNIVERSITY

In continuing to enhance the student-athlete experience at Seton Hall University through facility transformation, the Department of Athletics has unveiled the completed renovations toMike Sheppard, Sr. Field and four tennis courts within Ivy Hill Park in Newark. The project, in conjunction with Essex County – the owner and operator of Ivy Hill Park, began in July and was completed this month. “We are ecstatic to deliver first-class facilities to our softball and tennis teams as we continue to place a priority on the student-athlete experience,” Seton Hall Vice President and Director of Athletics & Recreation Pat Lyons said. “With the improvements we have made, we feel that we have given our student-athletes a home field advantage and have given recruits another reason to choose Seton Hall University.” Mike Sheppard, Sr. Field has been the home for Pirates softball since 2005. The field is named for the legendary Pirates baseball head coach who led Seton Hall to 12 NCAA Tournament appearances and back-to-back College World Series berths in 1974-75. Improvements made to the facility include: brand new synthetic turf both on the infield and the outfield; raised bleachers that have increased the capacity to 700 and will provide better viewing angles; a press box that will accommodate game operations as well as television and radio productions; batting cages within the bullpens for both home and away teams; bench seating and cubbies within each dugout. The four tennis courts were completely rebuilt with a new playing surface, surface coating, fencing, nets and trash receptacles. The courts also include new lights. Read More

UNIVERSITY OF BUFFALO
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UNIVERSITY OF BUFFALO

Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News lays out the type of candidate he feels the State University of New York Buffalo should target for the Bulls open athletic director job. Danny White left UB this week to become the new athletic director at the University of Central Florida.

White did a good job when it came to rousing alumni, raising money and improving facilities. He implemented creative marketing strategies designed to generate interest in his programs. He made numerous coaching changes that many considered upgrades. Overall, UB was competitive in 3½ years under his watch. He also had his flaws. He came off spoiled and immature, particularly when he didn’t get his way. He handed Jeff Quinn a contract extension and fired him. He bought out contracts on several coaches. He wasted your money on the ridiculous New York Bulls Initiative and completely mishandled Bobby Hurley. Now he’s gone. Let me be clear: His exit wasn’t some great loss. UB now has an opportunity to step back and reassess its future with a clean slate. University officials, beginning with President Satish Tripathi, should take a long, hard look at the athletics program before deciding precisely how to proceed. It would be nice if top administrators stopped fantasizing about grandiose plans, stopped kidding themselves about football, stopped banging their collective head against the wall and started accepting reality. Their mission should not be growing football but intelligently retooling the entire department. UB doesn’t need another athletic director who views the job as a jumping off point toward something better. That’s fine for good, young coaches who stick around for a few years, build good teams and are rewarded for their work. That’s the way mid-sized Division I programs should operate. -Bucky Gleason, The Buffalo NewsRead More

NCAA
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NCAA

When it comes to future scheduling in college football, Arkansas coach Bret Bielema has a pretty interesting idea that could potentially satisfy the strength of schedule parameters for the College Football Playoff Committee and fans’ appetites. Bielema, who is in his third year at Arkansas after spending eight seasons as Wisconsin’s head coach, proposed the idea of a “Big Ten vs. SEC Challenge,” similar to what college basketball does now with the “Big 12/SEC Challenge.” Bielema’s concept would consist of ranking all 14 teams in both conferences during the preseason and matching them with their respective nonconference counterpart for a game that season. “Let the best of the best play each other, and maybe the lower ones play each other week-in and week-out,” Bielema said on Wednesday’s SEC coaches teleconference. “Just reserve a week every year, it would be kind of a fun thing. People would get into that now. I’ve been in both leagues, and I have the utmost respect for both. It would be something kind of fun if you could just reserve that and that might eliminate the whole need for an FCS [team]. Then you schedule three other opponents that are FBS and go.” -Edward Aschoff, ESPN, Read More

MANHATTAN COLLEGE
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MANHATTAN COLLEGE

Manhattan College Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Noah D. LeFevre has announced that Amanda McEntire will serve as the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics’ Senior Women’s Administrator. “I am very excited that we were able to expand Amanda’s role in the department,” said LeFevre.“She has been an integral part of our success the past couple of years and I am sure she will excel in that role.” McEntire, who earlier this summer was promoted to Associate Director of Athletics for Facilities and Event Management, also serves as a sport administrator for the rowing program. “I’m grateful for this responsibility and look forward to continue developing the Manhattan Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the student-athletes we serve,” said McEntire. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO
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UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO

The University of San Diego is seeking an Assistant Director of Compliance. The Assistant Director of Compliance will coordinate the administration of NCAA Compliance within the Athletic Department in addition to assisting with academics, eligibility and student services. This position receives general supervision received from the Assistant Director of Athletics for Compliance, and exercises close supervision of interns and student workers. Apply Here

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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

In the past five years, home football attendance has declined 11 percent. Texas averaged more than 100,000 fans per game in 2011, but Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium now attracts closer to 89,000 per game. Texas Athletics measures attendance as the number of tickets it sells — when factoring in no-shows, turnouts are likely even smaller. “Attendance is an area of focus for all collegiate programs,” Steve Hank, chief revenue officer of intercollegiate athletics, said. “As based on data from the completion of the 2014 season, overall attendance has declined for six consecutive years. The good news is that, based on surveys conducted at the end of last season and one that is in progress now, we’ve made great strides in the atmosphere and overall gameday experience.” Still, the 2015 decline was steepest — a 5 percent drop from 2014. Reports say rising ticket prices are a leading factor. Former athletic director Steve Patterson increased season ticket prices by an average of 6 percent after 2014. Roughly 10,000 fans did not renew their season tickets. Additionally, Patterson limited faculty and staff benefits. This season’s faculty and staff ticket pass — the “FAST” pass — only provides tickets on a standby basis the day before each game. -Samuel Williams, The Daily TexanRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI

Thanks to the generous support of Rebel Nation, the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation has surpassed its $150 million goal for the Forward Together campaign. With the help of 3,425 donors, the Forward Together campaign achieved its goal in just over a four-year span, raising $155 million. “On behalf of Ole Miss Athletics, I want to thank everyone in the Ole Miss family and beyond who have made a contribution towards the Forward Together campaign and helping us not only reach our $150 million goal, but surpass it sooner than expected,” said Ole Miss Director of Athletics Ross Bjork. “When I arrived, I stated that we must ‘pull the rope in the same direction because you love our student-athletes,’ so I appreciate everyone who has become a follower of this approach.” “In addition, we have the best fund raising staff in the country and their hard work has not gone unnoticed throughout our campaign. The generosity by Rebel Nation allows us to keep improving our athletics facilities and enhance the student-athlete and fan experience at Ole Miss. We will all be challenged with our new goal of $200 million, but we will continue to work with maximum effort to achieve goals on and off the field and move forward together as family.” –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA

Fighting Hawks will be UND’s new athletic nickname. The results of a vote released at a press conference Wednesday show of 27,378 total votes, Fighting Hawks received 57.24 percent, beating out Roughriders, which received the remaining 42.76 percent. The winning name is the result of more than a year of work by committees and three public votes. The third and final round of voting had the highest turnout, with more than the 26,479 people voting during the second vote and the 22,307 people casting ballots during the first vote in October. -Anna Burleson, Grand Forks HeraldRead More

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII
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UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII

University of Hawaii Manoa’s athletics department, which is currently facing a deficit of $9 million over two fiscal years, could reach a balanced budget by 2020, Athletics Director David Matlin told university regents Thursday. Matlin outlined a budget plan and identified potential sources to cover an additional $12.2 million projected to be necessary to revitalize the debt-ridden department by the next five years. The department will need $9.5 million in external support to cover increased expenses for the program, such as attendance costs, changes in the national collegiate landscape, making competitive improvements, and baseline expense increases such as labor, tuition, and operating costs. -Lorin Eleni Gill, Pacific Business News- Read More

November 18, 2015

MANHATTAN COLLEGE
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MANHATTAN COLLEGE

Tony Vecchione has been named the Senior Associate Director of Athletics at Manhattan College as announced by Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Noah D. LeFevre. “We are very pleased that Tony will be joining the department in a senior level capacity,” said LeFevre. “He brings a wealth of experience in a number of different areas of intercollegiate athletics.” Vecchione, who has over 25 years of experience in intercollegiate athletics, most recently served as the Senior Associate Director of Athletics at the University of Pennsylvania. During his three-year stint in Philadelphia, he served as a sport administrator for 16 intercollegiate sports programs while overseeing all aspects of their operation and management, including but not limited to compliance, academic/student services and budget management while managing over 400 student-athletes per year. –Read More

URBANA UNIVERSITY
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URBANA UNIVERSITY

Urbana University Director of Athletics Larry Cox recently announced the hiring of Kira Zeiter to lead the Blue Knight softball program as its next head coach. “I am very pleased and excited to have Kira join our staff,” Cox said. “Her experience as a player and head coach at the NCAA Division II level made her the perfect candidate for our position.  She has a passion for college athletics and developing student-athletes, which will pay immediate dividends in recruiting new students for the Blue Knight softball program.” –Read More

LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY
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LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY

Louisiana Tech University Athletics has partnered with adidas America, Inc. to establish a 5-year exclusive agreement that will outfit Louisiana Tech’s 16 NCAA men’s and women’s programs in adidas uniforms, apparel, footwear and equipment through the 2020-2021 athletics season. Tommy McClelland, director of athletics for Louisiana Tech, made the announcement today via video distributed through the Louisiana Tech Athletics website and social media. Effective July 1, 2016 adidas will serve as the exclusive supplier for Louisiana Tech athletics uniforms, apparel, shoes and other footwear, and athletic accessories for all Bulldog and Lady Techster teams, with the exception of the Lady Techster basketball program, which will join the adidas partnership in 2017. adidas will also outfit athletic support and program personnel, and will provide a normalized recurring source of self-generated revenue for Louisiana Tech Athletics. Read More

KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY
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KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY

Kennesaw State’s athletic department reported revenues of $20.7 million and expenses of approximately of $20.2 million in the unrestricted funds total of its financial statement for the 2014-15 year. Student fees total $13 million, or 62.8 percent, of the revenues. Kennesaw State’s students approved a $100 increase in the student fees in November 2010 to support football. After the Board of Regents granted its approval in Feb. 2013, Kennesaw State’s student fees increased to $252 per semester. -Doug Roberson, Atlanta Journal ConstitutionRead More

NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY
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NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY

For the second time in the past week, New Mexico State announced a basketball player would miss a portion of the season due to an “administrative error.” Much like Aggies men’s player Johnathan Wilkins last week, the university announced on Tuesday that Moriah Mack, a junior on the Aggies women’s basketball team, was misadvised and  was ruled ineligible for the rest of the fall semester. “Moriah was instructed to take a specific course,” NMSU athletics director Mario Moccia said. “She did not have the proper amount of credits needed to reach the progress toward degree.” Each student needs to complete 40 percent towards their degree after two years. Students have to complete 60 percent towards a degree after three years and 80 percent after four years with the expectation to graduate in five years. Mack could return to the court for NMSU’s game on Dec. 14 against Eastern New Mexico. She will miss the Aggies first eight games. -Jason Groves, Las Cruces Sun-NewsRead More

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN MADISON
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN MADISON

The University of Wisconsin Madison is seeking an Associate Athletic Director for Business Development. The incumbent will be responsible for cultivating relationships with both individuals and corporate sponsors/donors resulting in positive financial growth for the organization and subsequently for our programs and student-athletes. Additional responsibilities include: Developing, implementing and evaluating the identification, cultivation and solicitation strategies tied to the Division’s priorities; Primary oversight of the National W Club (which is comprised of over 11,000 former University of Wisconsin-Madison letter winners) including supervision of the Executive Director and staff; Management and supervision of the Sports Performance Management program; Serving as a Division co-liaison to the Apparel Partner, Badger Sports Properties, Retail Merchandiser, and UW Office of Trademark Licensing; Assisting other Senior Management Team members with the Big Ten Sport Management Committee; and budgetary responsibility for the Business Development and National W Club budgets. Other duties may be assigned based on personal expertise and skillset fit with current members of the Senior Management Team. Apply Here

NEWBURY COLLEGE
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NEWBURY COLLEGE

For over a decade, Newbury College has been an active member of NCAA Division III and is proud of its dynamic student-athlete experience. As a founding member of the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC), Newbury remains committed to providing a comprehensive experience for its students. With the recently announced addition of Women’s Lacrosse, 14 intercollegiate athletic programs are sponsored as a part of the Newbury Nighthawks Athletic program. This current academic year has ushered in a wave of changes not only to the department, but to the College community as well. Since its opening in the fall of 2015, the new Student Success Center instantly transformed the student learning environment at Newbury, providing necessary access to a place where all students can continually develop and refine their skills toward becoming independent thinkers, valuable collaborators, and global-minded citizens. The strategic realignment of the College’s intercollegiate athletics program will further these changes to create a more vibrant experience for our current and prospective students for years to come. –Read More

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY BAKERSFIELD
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CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY BAKERSFIELD

Upgrading facilities is an ongoing theme at CSUB. The old wooden bleachers were removed and new seating installed. The blue plastic seats have the Roadrunner logo and cost $250,000, athletic director Ziggy Siegfried said. “We will transform our facility,” Siegfried said on Tuesday’s Roadrunner Rundown webcast on Bakersfield.com. “It changes the look of the Icardo Center.” This isn’t the only project. A new softball backstop is being constructed.  The locker room refurbishing project will begin in the spring, he said, and the Kegley academic center for student athletes has been OK’d. That will see a jump in study space from 1,500 square feet to about 8,000. “In one to two months, we’ll break ground,” he said. Money for each of these improvements must be raised from supporters or come from grants. No state money will be used. “We have to have the dollars,” Siegfried said. But there is plenty of work to do. -Jeff Evans, The Bakersfiled CalifornianRead More

FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY

FAMU is required to pay an $153,255 fine because of NCAA violations. However, university administrators say neither that nor the football team’s 1-9 season is keeping many fans from continuing to support the school. Administrators say ticket sales for the Florida Classic are up more than 20 percent from last year. All of the $15 tickets for this weekend’s Classic are sold out. Some supporters say they believe that FAMU can overcome the recent NCAA violations. FAMU has developed a corrective action plan to address the issues. Sports Information Director Vaughn Wilson said, “The sanctions are a result of some things that happened in the past, probably when our athletic department was going through some changes.” Some of the violations include students failing to complete a medical exam on time and the athletics department failing to properly notify students before their aid is reduced. This was discovered in an internal investigation. FAMU self-imposed a three-year probation and annual compliance reporting to the NCAA. Wilson said, “What AD Overton is doing is trying to instill some stability, owning up to it, not running away from it, taking it head on so that we can correct these issues and not have to deal with them again.” -Lanetra Bennett, WCTV, Read More

NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY
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NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY

New Mexico State men’s head basketball coach Marvin Menzies announced the appointment of Preston Laird as the Aggies Director of Basketball Operations. Laird has served the Aggies the last three seasons. He was the Special Assistant to the Head Coach last season and was a graduate assistant coach for two years. “We’re very pleased to be able to retain Preston as a part of our basketball family,” said Menzies. “As we went through the hiring process it was clear that he would give us the easiest and smoothest transition into the director of basketball operations position.”
In his new role, Laird will manage the program’s daily operations, work with the 6th Man Club, assist in recruiting, organize team travel and promote community outreach. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MAINE
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UNIVERSITY OF MAINE

This may end up being the worst football season at the University of Maine in 20 years, but it won’t be the end of the line for Coach Jack Cosgrove. The winningest coach in program history is expected to get a multiyear extension of his contract in the offseason, and Cosgrove said Tuesday he still believes he has the energy at age 60 to rebuild a winning team. “This is a grind. It’s all I know, though,” said Cosgrove, who is 129-136 in 23 seasons. Cosgrove is in the final year of a three-year contract that pays him $187,000 annually. Athletic Director Karlton Creech said that negotiations on a new contract will begin after Thanksgiving. “I want him to be our football coach,” said Creech, in his second year leading the Maine athletic department. “I’ll discuss with him what he wants, but I hope we do a multiyear extension. Jack does a great job. I have complete faith in him.” -Mark Emmer, Portland Press HeraldRead More


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